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The time has come to close on one of the biggest years in comic books we have seen for a while. Companies saw massive shake-ups to connect with new audiences, while some sadly didn’t survive the year. Countless news stories hit our TV screens and computer monitors that would affect every comic book reader out there in one-way or another. This is the top ten comic book news stories of 2011.
10) Draw The Line At $2.99
This may seem like a meaningless point now that the New 52 is in full swing but in January of this year comic readers were in glee when DC announced their new “Draw The Line at $2.99” campaign, one that would return all of their monthly books to a $2.99 price point (while moving from 22 pages to 20, per issue to balance production costs).
In the past few years the comic industry has seen a strong escalation in ongoing »
- Jamie Slough
Source: The Comic Archive via Complex [Click on image to enlarge] Don't forget that Paolo Rivera is also responsible for that great Captain America: The First Avenger poster that recaptured the famous panel of Cap punching Hitler in the face. Daredevil #10 goes on sale in March, and features Matt Murdock going up against the Mole Men. Daredevil (Matthew Michael "Matt" Murdock) is a fictional character, a superhero in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Daredevil #1 (April 1964). Living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as »
2011 was a hectic year for comics. We lost the creators of two of the most recognizable comic book characters ever. The comic books not many people knew about continued to be the best. DC hit the reboot button on a scale not seen since Crisis on Infinite Earths. Marvel……didn’t seem to do anything different, giving us yet another reboot of the X-Men franchise (they seem to happen every two years now), and killing Thor and Bucky. Again. Though they did let Jonathan Hickman’s imagination run wild in Secret Warriors, S.H.I.E.L.D., Ff, and Ulimates. Thats a good thing.
With the year nearly behind us, it’s time to cast our eye over the releases of 2012 (well, the first quarter anyway), and see what’s in store to come…
Saga (Image Comic)
Brian K. Vaughn has created some very diverse series’ in his 14 years as a comic book writer. »
- Tom White
Presenting our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
The Dark Knight Rises continued to dominate the headlines this week as a Los Angeles press screening of the six-minute prologue was accompanied by the first steps in the viral marketing campaign of the hugely-anticipated sequel, code-named ‘Operation Early Bird’. Beginning with the arrival of a series of mysterious documents – a CIA Bulletin on Dr. Leonid Pavel (Alon Abutbul) via Wired, a censored transcript via Empire and a third document from the Twitter account @thefirerises, which pointed to this website. At the time, it featured a countdown that ended at 6pm GMT yesterday - at which time the site ground to a halt under the weight of half the internet – before revealing itself as a map allowing fans to book tickets for early screenings of the IMAX prologue. If you’re yet to get yourself tickets, »
First look and Robert Kirkman's subsequent commentary top our list of the greatest Marvel moments of the year.
By Josh Wigler
Photo: Marvel / MTV News
With "The Avengers" finally assembling in just a few months and other properties like "Spider-Man" and "Ghost Rider" swinging back into theaters as well, it's looking like a very bright 2012 for the Marvel brand. But don't discount the power of 2011: From Captain America throwing his mighty shield to Thor striking lightning at the box office, it was an awesome year for the House of Ideas.
From new releases and trailers to casting and crew announcements, these are our 10 favorite Marvel movie moments of 2011.
10. "First Class" Trailer Does Not Suck
The "First Class" production horror stories were quite troubling to read about during the latest "X-Men" movie's development, but that very first trailer more than cooled our fears. »
With talk of the new Daredevil movie gearing up to perhaps begin production next year, attention is turning to what story will be used to reboot our favourite crime fighting lawyer for the big screen after the much derived 2003 film starring Ben Affleck.
First of all though, I didn’t think the original Daredevil movie was as bad as everybody makes out. It wasn’t perfect and yes it did drop the ball on several occasions, but I still enjoyed it like a Saturday morning cartoon and there are a lot of things to like about the movie. The post-theatrically released directors cut went a ways to fix what was wrong, and is a much better movie but no fan of that movie would deny the character of Daredevil does deserve better. He deserves more than a succession of montages set to rock music, campy acting and a watered down »
- Tom White
Does Christian Bale feel pressure with The Dark Knight Rises being released? What are comic legends Alan Moore and Frank Miller debating about? When can we expect a solid update on David Slade's Daredevil movie? Will Avenger fans recognize the villains in the film? Want to see how Steve Buscemi made fun of Batman on this week's Saturday Night Live? How did Hans Zimmer come up with his participatory score for The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all of this and more in today's Superhero Bits. Comic Book Movie  spoke to Clark Gregg and got him to talk about the bad guys in The Avengers. Will comic fans recognize them? Christopher Nolan spoke, in depth, about his favorite scene in The Dark Knight - the interrogation scene between Joker and Batman. You can read it all at the Hero Complex , but here's a piece. (Note: This is from 2008, but »
- Germain Lussier
David Slade, director of such well-regarded films as "Hard Candy" and... well he also directed "Twilight: Eclipse" and "30 Days of Night," has tweeted that the script for his Daredevil adaptation is finished. Instead of writing it himself, that duty has fallen to someone named Brad Caleb Kane, who you may remember as Andrew's older brother, Tucker, in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season three episode "The Prom." I had no idea there was a new Daredevil film in the works, and I still don't have any real idea what any of this means. After the Ben Affleck fiasco, which people either dislike or sheepishly defend thanks to a DVD director's cut, I wouldn't have expected another go at the character for at least a generation. This whole thing has a whole "Punisher: War Zone" vibe about it. Like the film will come out and be awesome but so small that no »
The new Daredevil movie seems like it's still on track, with a script in good shape, and updates set to follow in the new year...
Plans are still afoot to return Daredevil to the big screen, in a reboot that will see Ben Affleck nowhere near the title role this time around. The new film is set to be directed by David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days Of Night), and currently working on the screenplay for the movie is Brad Caleb Kane.
Taking to his Twitter feed, Slade gave a brief update as to how things were going. “Dd still on track”, he wrote. “@Bradcalebkane did an amazing job on script with high pressure deadline”. He then added that “We will be doing more work on it. News in N-year”.
The high pressure deadline is presumably brought about by the need from Fox to get a new film rolling, else the »
“Daredevil” is, hands down, my favorite comic book superhero. I’ve been a fan of “the man without fear” since I was a small child. That said, I had to be physically restrained from leaving the theater when I saw Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 adaptation of “Daredevil” starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. It was Valentine’s Day, I was on a date, and I still tried to leave five minutes in. There have been rumors bandied about David Slade’s planned adaptation of the venerable comic franchise, but precious little actual news. The other day, however, Slade dropped a Tweet indicating that a draft of the script, by Brad Caleb Kane (“Fringe”), is indeed finished, and hints at more news to come after New Year’s. Here’s what the Tweet says: Dd still on track [Brad Caleb Kane] did an amazing job on script with high pressure deadline. We will be doing more work on it. »
- Brent McKnight
There hasn’t been much to report on Fox’s attempts to reboot the Daredevil franchise since the potential new movie was announced back in March but director David Slade has offered us an update via his Twitter, letting us known a first draft of the script has been completed and we can expect to hear more in the New Year. Presumably then if the script is to the studio’s liking (though Slade does say it needs more work) it could begin filming next year for a 2013 or 2014 release.
That draft comes from Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane and back in March we heard he was tasked with writing a ‘continuation’ of the franchise that began with an extremely mediocre 2003 film starring Ben Affleck. Though despite the ‘continuation’ label, we were told the new script won’t have anything to do with the previous film that’s now nearly a decade old. »
- Matt Holmes
News has been fairly quiet on the Daredevil front lately, but a Tweet from director David Slade seems to indicate that a first draft of the script (from Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane) has been completed. While there's still clearly some work to be done, the promise of some sort of update in the New Year is very promising, and with any luck, it will be news on the start of production or even a release date. Here's what Slade told his followers just a few moments ago. The Daredevil comic book series has recently been relaunched by Mark Waid, stepping out of the shadow of the Frank Miller years and returning the character to his swashbuckling roots. Whether the big screen reboot will follow this direction or maintain the "dark" tone established by writers such as Millar, Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker is unclear. »
We take time for granted and it’s odd how a year can completely change your life.
Ben Affleck was struggling to get his acting career off the ground with only bit parts in relatively ignored films bar, in what would become a recurring role with Kevin Smith, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. It has been said that it all it takes is a good idea and that’s where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon come in with their Oscar-winning film, Good Will Hunting.
It may have been the film that started their careers, that accelerated them to stardom but it doesn’t mean it was all simple and handed to them on a platter. In fact, their script was rejected multiple times especially from one studio who kept suggesting that they change things without reading it. In fact, they knew it wasn’t being read because they unnecessarily added a »
- Ashley Norris
A sturdy corollary emerges in the wake of the graphic artist Frank Miller's recent diatribe against the Occupy Wall Street movement ("A pack of louts, thieves, and rapists … Wake up, pond scum, America is at war against a ruthless enemy"), available for perusal at frankmillerink.com). That corollary, of which we should be reminded from time to time, is this: popular entertainment from Hollywood is – to greater or lesser extent – propaganda. And Miller has his part in that, thanks to films such as 300 and Sin City.
Perhaps you have had this thought before. Perhaps you have had it often. I can remember politics dawning on me while watching a Steven Seagal vehicle, Under Siege, in 1992. I was in my early 30s. The »
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Female spies on TV have always been heavily influenced by Bond Girls, although TV influenced Bond as well. Two of the earliest female spies on TV, Cathy Gale »
- Michael Ryan
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
As usual, it's Christopher Nolan's final Batman feature, The Dark Knight Rises, that has been grabbing all the headlines this past week, which began with a host of set photos from the epic Wall Street brawl that was filmed in NYC last weekend. This included a dust up between Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) that looks to be a continuation of their earlier showdown in Pittsburgh, along with some shots of Anne Hathaway's stunt double getting involved in the action as Catwoman on the Batpod. We covered most of them last time out, but ComicBookMovie has done a great job of collecting the highlights together, which you can check out here and here, and you also can see Batman and Bane going at it against one another in this spy video. »
The Producers Guild of America will honor comic book legend Stan Lee with the 2012 Vanguard Award. For those who don't know Lee, he co-created the popular superhero comics Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer, and Dr. Strange. You may also recognize him as the elderly gentleman who keeps popping up in Marvel movies. Lee has become an icon/mascot to the comic book world with his "cool-granddad" demeanor and even his own catchphrase ("Excelsior!"). But more importantly, his characters have netted producers and studios boatloads of cash and I suppose the award is a nice way of saying "Thanks for the billion-dollar properties." Hit the jump for the press release. Lee will be presented with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Here's the press release: Producers Guild Of America To Honor Stan Lee With The 2012 Vanguard Award Los Angeles, »
- Matt Goldberg
It takes decades to build up a great superhero, but only one bad movie to tear him down. Andrew explores the downside of comic book adaptations…
Picture the scene: a high street book store. A man loiters near a bookshelf, scanning it for new strains of reading matter. He stoops down and starts flicking through the bottom shelf, his fingers brushing a Jeph Loeb title published by Marvel. Recoiling, he stands up and notices all three trade paperbacks of Paul Cornell's run of Captain Britain. He picks up Hell Comes To Birmingham and flicks through it. Then his face creases into a mask of confusion, consternation and concern. He turns to his friend, holds the book aloft and says, “What the hell is Blade doing in a comic book?”
The Blade movies are more successful than the comics to the extent that even a fan can be unaware of the character's origins. »
There's a moment in X-Men: First Class, that feels contrived and tacked on but is pretty funny nonetheless. It sees James McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's proto-Magneto walking into a bar in an attempt to recruit Hugh Jackman's Wolverine to their cause. Jackman's cameo drew gasps from the audience at the screening I attended, as though Elvis or Michael Jackson had just walked into the room. This made me think: there's never been a great movie starring Wolverine, or even a movie in which Jackman as Wolverine has been all that great, yet somehow the Australian actor's portrayal of the adamantine-clawed hero has become iconic.
There are those who see Bryan Singer's X-Men films as the spark which ignited the fad for treating comic book stories with reverence. »
- Ben Child
Here’s what hits stores this week!
Absolute Sandman Volume 5 Hc, $99.99
Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Regular Cover), $3.99
Action Comics #3 (Gene Ha Variant Cover), Ar
Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), Ar
American Vampire #20, $2.99
Animal Man #3, $2.99
Batman Noel Deluxe Edition Hc, $22.99
Batwing #3, $2.99
Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Detective Comics #3, $2.99
Flight Of Angels Hc, $24.99
Green Arrow #3, $2.99
Hawk And Dove #3, $2.99
Joe The Barbarian Deluxe Edition Hc, $29.99
Justice League International #3, $2.99
League Of Extraordinary Gentlmen Omnibus Hc, $49.99
Men Of War #3, $3.99
O.M.A.C. #3, $2.99
Red Lanterns #3, $2.99
Scooby Doo Where Are You #15, $2.99
Static Shock #3, $2.99
Stormwatch #3, $2.99
Superman The Return Of Doomsday Tp, $14.99
Supernatural #2 (Of 6), $2.99
Swamp Thing #1 (Yanick Paquette 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Swamp Thing #3, $2.99
Sweet Tooth #27, $2.99
Amazing Spider-Man #673, $3.99
Anita Blake Circus Of The Damned The Scoundrel #2 (Of 5), $3.99
Avengers 1959 #3 (Of 5), $2.99
Avengers Academy #21, $2.99
Black Widow The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Hc (Premiere Edition »
- Brandon Johnston
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